His Holiness Dalai Lama Completes Teachings in Manali

The Tibetan spiritual leader His Holiness the Dalai Lama on Sunday completed four days of extended teachings and empowerment given at the teaching ground set up at the municipal parking ground in Manali. Teachings from the spiritual guru began on August 13 and it went on till August 18 in attendance by more than 8000 devotees despite incessant rainfalls.

His Holiness the Dalai Lama has visited Kullu Manali region of Himachal Pradesh at the request of Ön Ngari Monastery and on the first day of teachings, he gave an overview on generation of a proper motivation for both the teacher and the audience during the dharma discourse. His Holiness further explained on the importance of studying the Buddhist texts not just memorizing them and the practice of non-violence.

On the second day of teachings, His Holiness gave an interview to the Hakka Television from Taiwan before setting off to give his teachings. He continued the teachings on the second day by reading through the texts distributed among the audience. After two days gap, His Holiness on Saturday morning gave the ‘Empowerment of Mahakarunika Lokeshvara – the Great Compassionate Lord of the World’.

“This empowerment comes from the collection known as the Secret Visions of the Fifth Dalai Lama,” His Holiness announced to begin with. “During an Avalokiteshvara retreat undertaken in the Potala Palace after consulting the Nechung Oracle, the Fifth Dalai Lama had a vision of King Songtsen Gampo, who emerged from the heart of Avalokiteshvara and led him into the mandala, where he received this nine deity empowerment.”

His Holiness arrived at the teaching ground on Sunday morning and remarked, “Today, we’ll look at the ‘Eight Verses for Training the Mind’. Geshé Langri Thangpa was known for his practice of bodhichitta. Thinking of the sufferings of sentient beings he was so moved he wept. His face wore a perpetual doleful expression.”

The Tibetan spiritual leader finally conclude his teachings by saying that whether the Dharma is effective or not depends on whether you manage to transform your mind. Having heard the teachings from him, it’s up to you to effect that transformation. Your neighbours should be able to see a difference in you, if you practise well. Pray that Avalokiteshvara will care for you in life after life. Until we meet again.

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